Brent schools will be hit by national teachers’ strike tomorrow
Several schools in Brent will be closed tomorrow and others affected as teachers take part in a national strike over plans to increase their retirement age and change their pensions.
Members of the National Union of Teachers will stage a walk out across the country in protest against government proposals to rise the age of retirement to 68 from 65, and increase contributions made to their pension pot while reducing the overall payout.
They are also angry about plans to introduce performance related pay.
So far eight schools have confirmed they will be closed.
Lesley Gouldbourne, Brent NUT Secretary, said, “Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised.
You may also want to watch:
“All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.”
The NUT has also launched a campaign called ‘Stand Up for Education’ which is calling for a number of rules to put into place including a qualified teacher in every classroom in every school and local authorities to be allowed to open new schools when needed.
- 1 Fury as Brent's planning committees approves 'another high-rise' hotel in Wembley
- 2 Brent gang members convicted of shooting a man in Enfield
- 3 Residents anger as fourth gambling casino approved in Willesden street
- 4 Brent MP order out of Commons after accusing Prime Minister of lying 'over and over again'
- 5 Petition against LTNs in Cricklewood exceeds 1,000 signatures
- 6 Wembley: Fan robbed of watch after Euro 2020 final
- 7 Tokyo Olympics: Brondesbury Park pupils wish swimmer Tom Dean luck
- 8 Brent motorists hit with 2,633 blue badge penalty notices in 2020
- 9 Men from Canning Town and Leytonstone charged with theft from Wembley Stadium
- 10 Community vegetable patch in Kilburn under threat
A Department for Education spokesman said the strike will disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.
To find out if you child’s school will be affected click here.